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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Graça Machel
The tone of prayers for South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, who is hospitalized has changed over the last few days from entreaties of comfort and healing to pleas for a "peaceful end."
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in "serious but stable" condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a lung infection, the government said Saturday.
A couple of decades ago, Nelson Mandela grew withdrawn while feasting with his family on Christmas Day in the part of rural South Africa where the anti-apartheid leader lived as a child. Alarmed by the patriarch's silence, some relatives looked at him and asked if anything was wrong.
South African entrepreneur Noma Radebe's business plan is simple: Tell Africa's stories.
The party to raise money for Nelson Mandela's children's charity started with an odd guest list: Dining among the celebrities was Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, also known as the "Butcher of Monrovia."
Former South African President Nelson Mandela waved to the crowd as South Africa bade farewell to the 2010 World Cup on Sunday in an emotional and joyous ceremony before the tournament's final match.
"Whatever is the outcome of his stay in hospital, that will remain the second time where he offered his nation an opportunity to be united under the banner of our flag, under the banner of our constitution," she said.
"You have to dream big, you have to implement big, you have to become big," Machel told Radebe and the other businesswomen, who included a hotelier from Rwanda, a pig farmer from Congo and a furniture factory owner from Liberia.